A step too far.
And so it came to pass that, on 6 January 2021 (US Eastern time), Donald Trump revealed what many of us long suspected. He pulled the veil off his nascent army of mainly (but not only) white males. Those who had heeded his cause and prepared themselves attended his rally and prepared themselves to overthrow the existing order.
There were the Trumpists, loyally obedient to the leader (Herr Fuhrer, if you like). There were the fascists and the whiteists and the those who felt they did not have their proper share of the resources of the world. There were gun lobbyists and people with Molotov cocktails (found in a chilly bin in the Congress grounds) and pipe bombs and just guns and the like.
And it seems that some of those defending the Congress might have identified more with the insurgents than with the politicos, or otherwise they were just weak and unprepared (although they should have been very prepared). No doubt inquiries will reveal the truth.
And it was revealed that Trump intended to bring about a political coup rather than give up power, a position that several of my readers actively debunked when I suggested it in my last blog.
And Trump overplayed his hand. He had led ‘his people’ along all sorts of paths, lied to them, promoted conspiracy theories and told them he loved them. And perhaps he did. But he did not tell them that the promised land to which he was leading them involved the complete overthrow of the leadership system of their beloved United States.
Perhaps he did not know himself. The level of delusion that he had won the election, against all evidence, all judicial counsel, all the administrations of those 50 States, is very deep. Trump is probably a paranoid schizophrenic with a delusional syndrome. He is incapable of seeing the truth. There is nothing wrong with that. He can probably be maintained quite effectively in the community, but such a condition is contraindicated for the role of President.
On 6th January, Eastern Standard time, at around midday, he took a giant step too far for even the Republican lackeys that have ridden on his coattails to bear.
What he possibly expected to be his day of triumph became instead the day that so many turned their backs on him. We now know that Trump will never be President again. If he lasts the next 12 days or so until Biden’s inauguration on the 20th, it will be because he does nothing else outrageous. He may not be able to help himself, however.
He no longer has the moral authority to set himself up into an alternative Presidency, which was one potential outcome. He, in that moment of revelation around 1.30 pm on 6 January, when he sent his army to the Congress and told them to be strong, he lost the plot and a majority of his supporters
I know that some of you who read this blog have sympathy for the ‘lost boys’ of Trump’s army. They are people who do not have very much and who live lives of disadvantage and pain. But siding with Donald Trump, following a whites first or whites only agenda and racist, fascist polices is not the answer for them.
There must be a better way. Biden has had the problem he faces in terms of political divisions laid out clearly for him. He and Kamala Harris must work to heal the harm. Everyone got a huge shock this week. It does not mean that, with Trump now destroyed, the political problems will go away.
Dr Liz Gordon is a researcher and a barrister, with interests in destroying neo-liberalism in all its forms and moving towards a socially just society. She usually blogs on justice, social welfare and education topics.